Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: Many Christian women are in churches where their roles are restricted due to the fact that they are women. This is keeping women from recognizing and fulfilling their true potential as human beings made in the image of God. Their Creator has given them spiritual gifts which they are not allowed to exercise nor utilize for the benefit of the body of Christ. In such a case, the woman’s use of her gift is stifled and the church body is at a disadvantage because it is not benefitting from her gifts. This view of the woman can affect her negatively in the following dimensions: spiritually, sociologically and psychologically. For all of these reasons, there is a need to show these women their true and full potential as women made in the image of God and endowed with spiritual gifts.
Therefore, a project was created to show Christian women new perspectives on key passages about females in Scripture. A Power Point presentation was the teaching tool and it was divided into five parts: 1) The Creation Narrative, 2) Women in the Old Testament, 3) Jesus and the Gospels, 4) Women in the New Testament, and 5) Kingdom Building. The writer presented this material to ten women one morning, and engaged them in a time of questions and discussions throughout their time together.
The writer’s hypothesis was that complementarianism might contribute to an identity of inferiority in the Christian woman. Therefore, in teaching these egalitarian perspectives of Scripture, she was searching for evidence that this new information would perhaps strengthen a woman’s concept of self, thereby improving her identity.